Excitement is Building—The 32nd Annual Johnny Kelley Half Marathon and the Officer Michael Aselton 5km--These are the Great Hyannis Road Races
Set for Sunday, May 26, 2013, Memorial Day weekend, the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon and Michael Aselton 5km provide a terrific run for everyone. Yes, for everyone. Awesome courses in a wonderful locale - you couldn't ask for a better place to run and enjoy a fantastic weekend. Check out these great races in an awesome place, beautiful, scenic Hyannis on Cape Cod.
Posted Sunday, 12 May, 2013
Coming to you the last Sunday in May, the Great Hyannis Road Races, including the Johnny Kelley Half Marathon and the Officer Michael Aselton 5km, certainly will be an ideal opportunity to enjoy a weekend or a mini vacation on Cape Cod, no matter which race option you choose. Cape Cod is an amazing place to run at any time, but especially in spring with the tremendous variety of blooming plants and the awakening of the warm salt air season. But you have it without the summer crowds.
There are 32 years of half marathon tradition here, and a culture of running—named after a legend in distance racing. Johnny Adelbert Kelley’s 61 Boston Marathons (58 completed) provides a record in road racing like no other. He sped to top 10 Boston finishes eighteen times, seven times runner-up and two victories. He ran races of all distances through New England and beyond. And his connection with running history—running on the same Olympic team as Jesse Owens, for example—provides an amazing list of achievements for such a humble, down to earth guy. Having talked with him and run with him, you would never know he was such a legend. This race celebrates his life and record in an area where he spent many of his years.
Likewise the Michael Aselton 5km provides any and all runners of all abilities, and walkers, an opportunity to participate in a wonderful event in a beautifully scenic location. He gave his life in the line of duty and this event celebrates his life and recognizes his sacrifice.
The courses are picturesque, and the post-card views are only part of the draw for runners of all abilities. This will be fun—fun on the run. Every participant—in both races—will be treated as a special guest. Every runner is an elite athlete at Hyannis.
The Johnny Kelley Half Marathon is the second in the Cape Cod Half Marathon Trilogy Series: the Hyannis Half Marathon was first (in conjunction with the Hyannis Marathon and Relay, February 24, 2013), and the third race will be the Harwich Cranberry Half Marathon, October 6, 2013.
These races are for FUN. Challenging, yes. Any long distance race is challenging. But this will be as much fun as you can have while running. Every runner will be treated as though she or he were the most important person in the race. These races are especially runner-friendly for beginners, or first-time long distance folks. Alternatively, it can be a perfect springboard to a summer racing season and perhaps even a fall or winter marathon.
Both races start on Ocean Avenue near famous wooden stage on the Hyannis Village Green, 02601. The 5km rolls at 7:30 a.m. with the half marathon starting at 8:15. There will be live music by the Moonlighters, a well known south shore band. Half marathon high points include the JFK Memorial on Ocean Street, the JFK Museum Hyannis, Kalmus, Veterans and Craigsville Beaches, the Melody Tent, a tour of the harbor, Lewis Bay, historic Hyannis port, charming Centerville and other quaint Cape villages, and more. The courses are mostly flat with some gentle rolls, single loop with a splendid finish on South Street.
Granite State Race Services will provide the timing using the state-of-the-art Chronotrack B-tag system, making your bib number both a chip and a keepsake. There will be six aid stations along the HM route with water, lemon-lime Gatorade, and porto-lets. They have more awards than most events—awards are as plentiful as the hospitality--including 14-and under, 15-17, 18 to 29 and 10-year age groups through 70+ (both races). They also provide a series of weight division awards—top three in Filly (150 pounds or more) open and masters, and Clydesdale open and masters in three groups: 190-210, 211-225, and 226+. There is also a senior master (50+, 190 or more) Clydesdale division.
Every half marathon finisher will be awarded a medal, and of course your T-shirt is a keeper.
Capstone Photos will be taken during both events and available within the week following.
It will be more than a race weekend. It is a perfect chance for a weekend get-away, a mini vacation on a relatively quiet, and always beautiful, Cape Cod. And don’t miss the post race party. It will feature live music as noted and complimentary refreshments.
All the while, you can simply enjoy the ambience of Hyannis and Old Cape Cod. Organizers have arranged several accommodation options for comfort and affordability. So please visit the Race Website for information on Directions and parking, divisions and awards, course maps, accommodations, schedule of events, the Johnny Kelley and Michael Aselton stories, registration and everything you need to know:
Scenic from Every Point
All three courses are paved, smooth, and mostly flat. There are just enough slight inclines to relax the muscles. The course is monitored by police and volunteers, with aid stations and port-o-lets in the right places.
Runners will enjoy the essence of Cape Cod—picturesque and historic. Both events tour scenic villages and beautiful beaches. The villages of Hyannis port and Centerville have that quintessential Cape Cod/New England look and feel. Fishing villages, Craigville Beach, the John F. Kennedy Memorial (overlooking Lewis Bay), Officer Michael Aselton Memorial Park, the Kennedy family compound, Kalmus Beach (one of the best wind surfing beaches on the east coast—year round), Fortes Beach, the magnificent homes of whaling captains, ferries to the islands, fishing fleets, and the rolling Atlantic horizon are a few of the scenic vistas.
Cape Cod Quiet
The courses tour one of the favorite vacation spots of the northeast, but most of the tourists will not be there yet. Runners can extend their stay in Hyannis to enjoy the tranquility of beautiful Cape Cod. The year-round population of the cape is about 207,000, but swells by three times that number during the summer months. Cape Cod has 550 miles of shoreline, totals 396 square miles, and has 360 lakes and ponds. Tourists come from all over the world just to experience Old Cape Cod. Race Weekend in Hyannis provides that opportunity—and so much more.
The Right Race, the Right Time
Hyannis, Massachusetts, one of 15 towns on Cape Cod, is a tranquil, relaxing, scenic, and tremendously enjoyable destination for running. Add to the location an exceptionally well-planned, well-organized race with two options and 32 years of history, and the result is a tremendously enjoyable running experience.
There is tradition here, and it just feels right when you walk onto the Hyannis Village Green. Beyond the tradition, however, there are unique aspects that help to make this event very special. Set your goals now for 2013, and include this one on that list of races. Hyannis is your opportunity for a wonderfully memorable weekend at one of the Northeast’s most beautiful locations—and a race you will not forget.